uniforms are killing us

  1. What do you all think of current nursing wear. it kills me to go up to a adult floor and see RN's wearing all these crazy looking tops with cartoons and teddy bears on them. personally i see why some of the public looks down to a nurse and is always wanting the DR. We look terrible. I think all floors should have set colors for each positon. RN's, LVN's, PCA's, it gives a sense of order. just wanted to know how others see it, because i just was looking at a web site for nursing uniforms, and i couldn't help but laugh at some of them.
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  3. by   CougRN
    i agree. pictures on your uniform on an adult floor is childish. i'm not sure about the whole standard uniform color for each profession like some hospitals do. but i would definately agree with solid color only uniforms on adult floors.
  4. by   sixes
    I mostly agree with you. I have only one printed uniform top it has little nurses on it with the phrase Got to love a nurse. I seldom where it. Oh yes I have an older one that I wore on the peds floor with smiley faces on it.
  5. by   Repat
    Our required uniform, when I started where I am now, was a print (solid colors for men). They have changed it to whatever you want, basically (I think because so many agency nurses were being used it really didn't matter). Personally, I would prefer one color(s) for each profession - the little cutesy prints remind me of when I was pregnant and tried to find adult maternity clothes. It seemed that the manufacturers thought that if you became pregnant, you also reverted to infancy. Hated it then, hate the cutesy prints now....
  6. by   Kaylesh
    Hiya
    Yep the range of uniforms in the US was starting to get out of hand when i left in 99.. I see its just gotten over the top.
    Here in the UK... each hospital/trust has its own uniform. They are provided for each nurse.. Nurses uniforms are differant colours than the auxillaries(nursing assistants).. So we only have to buy our shoes/socks/tights(pantyhose).... Some hospitals even have a laundry that will wash your uniforms.. I always take mine home to wash as i've had too many uniforms dissapear or get ruined in the hospital laundry..
    Kay.
  7. by   RN-PA
    This topic has been discussed a lot here, but I'm not sure I ever commented. I also don't care for the cutesy, cartoonish (except on a peds. unit) or "loud" prints out there. I always wear white pants and my scrub tops generally have subtle pastel prints-- I feel like it's more "calming" for patients. (I also wear pastel colors in real life. When I get uniform catalogues, I shudder at some of the wild prints they come out with.) I sometimes think it'd be better for nurses to go back to all white since you can't tell us from the Unit Clerks, PCT's, or housekeeping.
  8. by   Jayne LPN
    I WORK ON THE CARDIAC UNIT AND I WEAR A PRINT TOP WITH HEARTS ON IT, AND EITHER WHITE OR NAVY SCRUB PANTS.......I THINK IT GOES WELL WITH THE FLOOR I WORK ON
  9. by   Tweety
    I disagree. Drab colors are drab.

    I like all the cutsey colorful kinds of uniforms (though I tend to stick to the drab). I think it adds personality and an upbeat feeling to the unit and the nurse wearing it.

    I think in the publics eye nursing is still an honorable and trustworthy profession. It's attitude more than anything that ruins our "image" in the public's eye (not that I agree it's ruined).

    Just my opinions.


    Why have a "sense of order". Let chaos rule!
    Last edit by Tweety on Mar 14, '03
  10. by   emily_mom
    Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
    I disagree. Drab colors are drab.

    I like all the cutsey colorful kinds of uniforms (though I tend to stick to the drab). I think it adds personality and an upbeat feeling to the unit and the nurse wearing it.

    I think in the publics eye nursing is still an honorable and trustworthy profession. It's attitude more than anything that ruins our "image" in the public's eye (not that I agree it's ruined).

    Just my opinions.


    Why have a "sense of order". Let chaos rule!
    I totally agree with you! When I worked OB, I got dreadfully tired of always wearing the same uniform. I don't care if they were paid for or they washed them.

    I love the variety of uniforms available today. It allows us to express our individuality and uniqueness. I've gotten very positive comments on my uniforms from patients. They've told me everything from that I've brightened their day to they accurately reflect my personality.

    Besides, I really don't like the name of my hospital across my rear. It's wide enough to notice without having people reading it. My hinder is not an ad.

    Plus, the thought of wearing someone elses pants just gives me the eebie jeebies. I don't care how many times they were washed. Ick.
  11. by   baseline
    I don't mind most of the uiniforms, as long as they are neat, not wrinkled and stained.

    Long uncontained hair, excessively long fingernails , and too much jewelry makes me cringe.
  12. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Solid colors for each section, nurses, pcas, housekeeping have been found to be meaningless at our hospital. Patients have no idea about the color scheme so they still don't understand who is who.
    We are allowed to wear whatever we want. I wear jeweltones, burgandy, black, teal, grape, solid color pants with coordinating "adult" prints. I am totally against Spongebob prints and that sort of thing, they look foolish in my opinion.
    Wearing all white makes me look much less professional. By the end of the day there is betadine, liquid medicines, hand lotion, blood, sodapop, God only knows what else all over my whites and I look like a bag lady.
    I have extremely long hair but keep it in a braid or bun at all times at work. I wear the same jewelry at work or home, simple earrings, three rings, watch, cross around neck, all simple and tasteful.
    What gets me are the fake fingernails as long as your arm. I tried to grow mine out once, and once they got long enough to look like you might could wear polish on them, they poked the patients, I caught them on stuff. How people wear inch long nails and get any work done is beyond me. And the managers who try to uphold the official policy, crabbing at nursing staff with long nails while they have some twice as long.
  13. by   alwaysthere
    I do agree...
    Does one see lawyers wearing something that looks like their childrens pyjamas?
    Does one see paramedics wear cartoons as part of their uniform?
    Point being that the nursing proffesion seems to be the only one that thinks its ok to wear these 'cutesy' prints. Im sorry, but people do look at image...they do take it into account. And to go to a hospital or doctors office for treatment and see a nurse or cna/ma wearing the same pattern that is on ones child's underwear does give many pause.
  14. by   MandyInMS
    At our hospital we are SUPPOSED to have a dress code which is a total joke..certain colors for diff. areas..but with so many agency et prn staffing filling in everyone wears pretty much what they want..I think they are just grateful somebody has shown up to work and don't say anything about it..lol..Guess I'm an old fuddy-duddy..I still think all white looks the most professional..with the majority of our pts being elderly that's what they look for..that clean, white, pressed uniform.Gets a little confusing to them with so many diff looks I think. Agree with baseline about the hair,nails,jewelry too...I'd hate to see Nancy nurse comming to do a rectal on me with 9 inch nails..eeeek!!..lol..I've seen some beautiful uniforms in colors/prints though..I think our supervisor has every single one that's out there..lol...to each his/her own...but I still prefer white

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